[UPDATE] A 14-year-old girl tweets a fake terrorist threat at American Airlines, gets exactly what she deserves.
"Hello, my name is I-Am-An-Idiot and here's my proof." (via)
Update 3:22 PM: She's been arrested in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Apparently, the "I can't be a terrorist, I'm a white girl" tactic didn't pan out. In addition, she's spawned a copycat threatmaker named @Twerkc***t, although this guy falls more into the category of horrible, racist, awful troll, so don't click on him unless you want to give him attention.
Oh Sarah, thank you for volunteering to be a cautionary example to the next generation of dumb teenagers.
Sarah, a Dutch teen who went by the name @QueenDemetriax_ on Twitter until her account was suspended, thought of, like, a great prank. She decided to make a full-out Al Qaida (sic) threat on a passenger airline on social media in front of everyone. I'm sure someone has thought of it before, but never has everyone else on social media gotten the opportunity to watch a suddenly horrified smartass kid who just got in big trouble try to talk their way out of it. Things became clear quickly when American Airlines very publicly responded to her with a response that made it clear that they knew she was a kid, but that this was really, really annoying for everone:
At this point all of Twitter went "Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo BUS-TED!" (via)
While it was really annoying, it was also probably a pretty satisfying day for whoever runs this social media account. I mean, turning a kid into a laughingstock and police target is easily the most positive interaction an airline Twitter account has all year, since most interactions are "I HATE YOU WHY AM I LATE?!" Things only got better once Sarah figured out how she had sealed her fate and switched back to little kid mode (not to mention throwing her friend under the bus) attempting get out of a having an irritated FBI agent come by her house for a lecture:
They know you're not from Afghanistan. You don't know what an IP address is, do you? (via)
Now, if it was just her being afraid, this might not be so funny. Her defenses, however, ingratiated her to no one (except the 30,000 followers she gained before her account disappeared):
"And I'm going to pilot it into some landmarks. Just kidding!" (via)
I'm pretty sure both those people would be embarrassed to be associated with you. (via)
She also deleted a tweet saying "I'm just a fangirl pls I don't have evil thoughts and plus I'm a white girl." Somehow, that didn't end the search then and there. She wasn't about to give up without a fight, though. Sarah has a few tricks up her sleeve to throw off any snoopy spooks at the FBI:
"Dammit, she blocked us! Johnson, can you hack around it? Dammit, man, try!" (via)
Then, the coup de grâce, the ultimate kid move:
"All right, kid, the FBI won't tell your parents this time. But we only do that once per teen!" (via)
Her dreams of handling her brush with federal law enforcement solo weren't helped by the fact that she instantly achieved the Internet fame she probably always hoped for but never imagined would be like this:
It's not quite an Ellen/Samsung Oscars selfie, but that's nothing to sneeze at. (via)
See what social media can do? Back in the day, kids could only call in a bomb threat on one school to get out of class, and if they were smart enough to use a pay phone then there was nothing anyone could do to give them the proper credit. Now, with the technology of the 21st Century, we can watch a kid learn a valuable life lesson in real time.
(by Johnny McNulty)